CONCUSSION AND NECK INJURY
Most people suffering from concussion feel better between 10-14 days. Among athletes, 10-15% of them suffering from concussion will have prolonged symptoms which can last of months and years which end up effecting their basic activities like remembering things, shopping etc. Further research needs to be conducted to understand why only some people suffer from long lasting symptoms of concussion.
Upon concussion, the cervical spine is extremely vulnerable due to forward and backward motion of the head which causes whiplash. It has been shown through research that a 70-120 G’s range of linear acceleration is required to cause a concussion and only a 4.5 G’s force is required for a mild neck strain. Therefore, it can be hypothesized that most concussion also has level of cervical spine injury which includes soft tissue or even the joints of the neck. The whiplash and concussion symptoms are very similar, which are as follows:
c) Change in visions
e) Mood changes and irritation
f) Some level of cognitive changes like loss of memory/concentration.
Research has shown that physiotherapy focusing on vestibular or cervical rehabilitation can he significantly helpful to people suffering from concussion. Cervical injury treatment includes release of soft tissue, stregthentin of the deep neck flexors and other exercises o strengthen the neck.
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